Zadok made his first ever loaves of bread yesterday, and boy was this 6 year old proud! We were dawdling around the house on a lazy, Sunday afternoon when I jokingly said to him (in a very serious tone),"Son, as the eldest brother in this family, you'll need to start learning how to make the bread for the family."
His eyes perked up immeditaely and he shouted, REALLY? Yay!! And got right to work! I showed him everything from beginning to end; how to add the ingredients to the mixer (we have a Kitchenaid), how to check the dough for the right consistency, and how to shape it into the loaf pans, but he did it all himself, not wanting me to touch a thing! He even started the oven up. He's helped in the kitchen before, but never fully in charge like this.
When his bread was all done he said excitedly to Micah and I, "I guess I'm the Breadmaker Guy!"
Yup! he's our little, Breadmaker Guy! And I'm a proud Mama!
Zadok's Yummy Homemade Bread
(with the Kitchenaid mixer)
2 1/2 cups hot water
1 1/2 Tbs active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cooking oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups white flour
Pour the hot water into the mixing bowl and add the yeast. Whisk together by hand, until combined. Next add the salt, oil, sugar, and whole what flour. Mix it with the bread paddle on setting #2, until well combined. This is called "the sponge."
Next swap out the paddle for the bread hook and add 3 cups of white bread flour. Start the mixer on setting #2, and watch as it turns into a ball of dough.
While your ball is forming, go warm the oven to 150 degrees.
Now come back to your ball of dough and check for stickiness. If the dough is still sticking to your fingers, add another 1/4 cup of white flour. Keeping sprinkling in flour until the ball of dough is firm and ready to shape, which will add up to about 3/4 more flour.
Turn off the oven as soon as it is pre-heated!
Now take out your big, ball of dough and round it out on the table. Use a bread knife to cut it in half.
Spray two loaf pans with spray-on-oil, and put one half in each pan.
Set the loaf pans in the oven with the door left open about an inch.
Set the timer for 45 minutes and let bread rise.
As soon as the timer dings, set oven temp to 350 and timer for 40 minutes.
*Wait hungrily as your bread cooks into a delicious, fluffy, loaf of yumminess.